Monthly Archives: February 2019

#Me Too

Amblin’ Alameda

#MeToo

Morton Chalfy

©2/2/18

            It does seem that the 200,000 year oppression of women by men and the structure of the patriarchal society is finally beginning to show some cracks in its façade.  We can only hope that it will finally be forced into the garbage pail of history and that women will be able to claim their rightful position as the true leaders of humanity.  They have always occupied that position but men, fearful of being rendered essentially useless, have always denied them their due.  At first mostly through the larger size and more violent nature of males and then through the structures of society and religion which deny the facts of life and nature to proclaim Man the ruler of the world.

            It is clear that if ninety-nine per cent of males were to vanish from the Earth the human species would continue unabated whereas were the same to happen to women humanity would be finished.  Now that in vitro fertilization and cloning techniques are available even the one per cent of males is probably not necessary either.

            Personally I have never understood the male desire to dominate their womenfolk.  For one thing every heterosexual teenage boy has only one desire which I need not name, and you have to be remarkably stupid to think the way to achieve that desire is to bully women.  My strategy has always been to be as kind and loving and gentle and helpful as I can be, which, I have found, works well.

            Personal observation has led me to believe that an awful lot of the stupid treatment men accord women in word and deed grows out of a profound insecurity and the repressed recognition of womanly superiority.  Now that women are no longer taking it and shutting up we can all look forward to a better and more reasonable future.

            Culturally speaking, across the world it is women who carry the burdens of the species- bearing children and making a home, both of which are complex and difficult activities.  Men make war and protect (sometimes) the women from other men.  If males are out of the equation we would all breathe easier.

            Women are now graduating from college at a greater and growing rate than men.  Soon their numbers in business, government and the professions will naturally follow the graduation rates and they will occupy the boardrooms and operating theaters in positions of dominance.  As that happens the children will learn a new set of social instructions: respect everyone, be nice, stay warm and eat a good breakfast.  Oh yes, and Girls Rule.

            I hope to see the patriarchy brought to its knees, to see the end of wife beating, slut shaming, rape and aggressive unwanted sexual behavior.  Women are human as well so the new era will not usher in Utopia but the more egregious and embarrassing male practices can be made to eventually disappear and then all of us, male and female, will have the chance to live full human lives.

            Very, very soon I hope.

Amblin’ Alameda

The Great Remixing

Morton Chalfy

© 2019

            The best guesstimate for the appearance of an infant with full-blown homo sapiens syndrome is between 150 and 200 thousand years ago.  Not really that long in geological terms but beyond anyone’s memory.  How long it took to go from one to a family and from a family to a tribe is unknown but it took a while and a fair amount of luck I think.

            It could have taken a hundred thousand years to spread throughout Africa but eventually we headed north and east, the long walk of our species to reach every continent save Antarctica and to establish ourselves all across the face of the Earth.  Future DNA analysis will reveal more details of our journey but the results are evident.  Where tribes settled and grew their physical differences grew as well and gave us both what we call races and within the races ethnicities.

            We were separated by oceans and mountains and glaciers and deserts and flourished in our separateness.  During the past ten thousand years isolated instances of contact were made and during the last five thousand most groups had come in contact with most others.  Given the propensities of humans we can be sure that interbreeding occurred from the earliest days of meeting “the other”.

            The last thousand years of war and conquest and enslavement has only served to speed up the rise in the number of interbreeding events and currently with our enormous population and global trade and tourism the numbers are rising exponentially.  In the last hundred years the results of inbreeding have begun to transform our culture.  The standard of beauty has become browner, finer featured and lissome on the stages of the beauty pageants and larger, hippier and sassier in popular culture.

            Our best athletes now include a discernible cadre of children of two individuals of different races.  After tens of thousands of years of development of physical qualities in relative isolation from each other the “races” have entered the age of the great remixing.

            The bay area is a wonderful place to observe this ongoing change.  Mixed race couples and their offspring abound and the place is better off for it.  Our population is better looking, stronger and smarter than is found in most places and we are one of the epicenters of remixology.  Even commercial life has picked up on this happening with mixed race couples showing up in TV ad after TV ad, buying cars, in bed, in the pool and usually with their beautiful mixed race children.

            It will do us well to remember that we came from a single ancestral mutation and that the differences we developed were only skin deep and as we remix we keep the strongest version of our genes.

            Racism was understandable when we were ignorant of history and science.  It is inexcusable now.